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#ESP 0 #MAR 1 is a much more fun. You'd think it mattered to Morocco
1-1 and another #MAR miss. Better and better
Yessss! Fantastic header. They're already out, but what a fight

#MAR 2-1 #ESP
2-2. Shame for Morocco, they have played brilliantly

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